JOHANNESBURG - The African National Congress describes the Sunday Times’ story on an alleged plan to oust President Cyril Ramaphosa by former president Jacob Zuma supporters as sensational hot-air.
The Sunday Times reports former president Jacob Zuma met with the party's Secretary-General Ace Magashule and others in Durban last week to discuss the alleged plan.
The ANC responded to the allegations in a statement on Sunday saying the party will not dignify "these blatant lies and fabrications with a detailed response".
"We reject attempts to link our Secretary General, Ace Magashule, to this alleged plot to oust the President of the ANC, Cyril Ramaphosa. It is clear that this malicious gossip is calculated to cast aspersions on the integrity and commitment of our Secretary General to the unity and renewal project of the African National Congress.
The party expressed disappointment in the publication calling the story irresponsible and misleading.
"We urge the Sunday Times to immediately retract this story which is nothing but incoherent political gossip that has the potential to undermine the unity of the movement."
Meanwhile ANC Chief Whip Jackson Mthembu wants the party's national executive committee to deal with the alleged plot to oust President Ramaphosa urgently.